Sicario

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Led by outstanding work from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Sicario is a taut, tightly wound thriller with much more on its mind than attention-getting set pieces.

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After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).

Cast & Crew

Emily Blunt
Kate Macer
Jeffrey Donovan
Steve Forsing
Julio Cedillo
Fausto Alarcon
Bernardo Gallegos
Manuel Diaz
Taylor Sheridan
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Joe Walker
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Jóhann Jóhannsson
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Critic Reviews for Sicario

All Critics (272) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (250) | Rotten (22)

  • Gorgeously made, with a set piece taking place in tunnels underneath the border that conveys chaos without ever looking incoherent and a throbbing Jóhann Jóhannsson score that's the sound of very bad things on the horizon.

    November 10, 2015
  • Sicario may leave an unpleasant taste but it is a slick, accomplished thriller.

    October 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A visceral, in-the-moment ride-along more than a movie to chew over for any length of time.

    October 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's admirable that the film's taking its subject seriously; it's just not enough.

    October 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The thrilling opening sequence of the drugs cartel movie Sicario is a humdinger -- and a stomach churner.

    October 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • An unforgettable motion picture that should be on the must-see list for anyone who appreciates films that deal in grays rather than blacks and whites.

    October 2, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sicario

  • Sep 15, 2018
    Not my type of thing, but okay.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2017
    Young idealistic swat team door kicker gets more - and less - then she bargains for after she volunteers to join a DoD drug war task force led by a maverick smartass with a murky agenda. Even more mysterious is the presence of a steely-eyed South American who seems to wield almost as much authority over the team. Sicario delivers a potent sobering message about the modern war on drugs, while also serving as they 'Don't Go To Mexico' PSA. Soundtrack contributes a palpable sense of foreboding with it's repetitive low tones more The music score contributes a palpable sense of foreboding with its repetitive low tones more befitting to a science fiction horror movie. Richard Deakins' camerawork captures the deep southwestern landscape in eye-widening fashion. Many tension laden sequences, the best of which may be a prisoner transport from Nogal u many tension laden sequences, the best of which may be a prisoner transport from Nogales back to the USA which has the audience scanning every pedestrian and car seat for trouble through each city block. The cast is solid led by Benicio del Toro who looms largest with danger reflectted in his cagey demeanor. My lone gripe is with Emily Blunt's naïveté, and especially how dumb her reactions are to learning some unsavory truths. What did she possibly think would happen following her threats of exposure? Clearly the smart move would be to play along with your mouth shut, then srab your superiors in the back in your report later, just as they had done to her in the field.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2017
    After a phenomenal opening half hour, Sicario slows down and becomes gradually more dis-interesting as the film comes to an end.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2016
    Denis Villeneuve's Sicario keeps up the mystery. While not necessarily sprinting in at nearly 2 hours, Sicario does manage to upkeep the interest for what comes down in the finale. Even while the film tones and slows itself down after its intense introduction and first act, the story pushes itself forward building to its conclusion. The camera work and selected visuals help liven up what would be a very monotone and laborious setting. The action, while not in gigantic bundles, keep the film from becoming a bore. While Emily Blunt takes the lead and delivers the most emotion throughout the picture, Benicio Del Toro finds himself with the more intriguing character. Not much to argue with Josh Brolin rounding out the rest of the major characters. As an action thriller, Sicario lives up to its title. Run for the border.
    JY S Super Reviewer

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